Think the Bosnia Conflict Was a Civil War?


The conflict in Bosnia was more than a civil war. Bosnia-Herzegovina declared independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia following a controversial referendum, and was recognized by the United States and Europe in April 1992 — and the... Read more

The Militarized, Adaptable Cartel Spreading Across Mexico

This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. The CJNG is expanding its presence and... Read more

Follow the Russian Natural Gas


To make sense of Carter Page — an American oil consultant and former foreign-policy... Read more

The Trump Administration Wants a War America Cannot Win


Who knew that U.S. vice president Mike Pence would take a page out of... Read more

The U.S. Military Bushwacked Iranian Forces in Syria


In early February 2018, Syrian regime forces moved to take over oil fields near... Read more
Where Brazilian Gangsters Get Their Guns
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Brazil’s biggest criminal group has reportedly attempted to smuggle high-powered firearms from Venezuela in...
‘Black Panther’ Is a Meditation on Leadership

‘Black Panther’ Is a Meditation on Leadership

This article contains spoilers for Black Panther. Black Panther is a blockbuster. Marvel’s newest film is setting box-office records...

Russia’s Stealth-Fighter Deployment in Syria Is a Dangerous Farce

Russia’s Stealth-Fighter Deployment in Syria Is a Dangerous Farce

Late in the evening on Feb. 21, 2018, a photograph appeared on social media purportedly showing two Russian Sukhoi...

West Germany’s Cold War Commando Gun

West Germany’s Cold War Commando Gun

While the most famous product of Carl Walther GmbH in fiction is the PPK pistol used by James Bond,...

No, China Doesn’t Want Confrontation in the South China Sea

No, China Doesn’t Want Confrontation in the South China Sea

It’s been said that groupthink is a bad thing, that creative tension is a good thing and that appointing a “devil’s advocate” represents the best...

China’s Belt and Road Will Change the World

China’s Belt and Road Will Change the World

As Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull prepares to visit the United States in mid-February 2018, media down under report...

The Ecclesiastically-Named Howitzers of the British Army

The Ecclesiastically-Named Howitzers of the British Army

In 1940, the United Kingdom went to war with the Axis in North Africa and quickly encountered an unnerving...

Iraq’s Chinese-Made Killer Drones Are Actually Pretty Good

Iraq’s Chinese-Made Killer Drones Are Actually Pretty Good

On Feb. 12th, 2018, the Iraqi ministry of defense released a video depicting its Chinese-made CH-4B armed unmanned aerial...

In Afghanistan, Fewer Civilian Casualties Is Still Too Many

In Afghanistan, Fewer Civilian Casualties Is Still Too Many

Civilian casualties dropped slightly in Afghanistan in 2017, according to the latest annual report from the U.N. Assistance Mission...

Turkey’s Offensive Into Afrin Is Slow and Bloody

Turkey’s Offensive Into Afrin Is Slow and Bloody

On Jan. 20, the Turkish military launched Operation Olive Branch — the ongoing invasion of the northwestern Syrian Kurdish...

Yugoslav Military Doctrine Hastened the Country’s Collapse

Yugoslav Military Doctrine Hastened the Country’s Collapse

In April 1941 Axis forces defeated the army of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and would spend the rest of...

Central African Republic’s Bone Collectors

Central African Republic’s Bone Collectors

In early August 2015, workers from the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action exhumed three piles of bones from a...

How Defensible Are China’s Island Bases?

How Defensible Are China’s Island Bases?

China has built some islands in the South China Sea. Can it protect them? During World War II Japan...

Marcel Mitzakis’ Giant Tank-Mounted Lamp Blinded German Troops

Marcel Mitzakis’ Giant Tank-Mounted Lamp Blinded German Troops

In March 1945, the rapidly advancing U.S. Army’s 9th Armored Division — to its surprise — found itself at...

The Wars No One Notices

The Wars No One Notices

I’m in my mid-30s, which means that, after the 9/11 attacks, when this country went to war in Afghanistan...

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